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Blackthorn hedge plants description Blackthorn is a dense, somewhat prickly, native deciduous hedging plant suitable either as a component in a mixed native hedge or as a single species hedge. Blackthorn blossoms very early (before its leaves) brightening up hedgerows at a dull time of the year with masses of pure white flowers carried on its black stems. It then has mid to dark green oval shaped leaves throughout the summer and its fruit are called sloes and are like small damsons. The sloes start off with a blue bloom but then darken to shiny black and are bitter until after the first heavy frost. Collect in November for sloe gin if the birds haven't already taken them. The density of Blackthorn is excellent for providing shelter for birds and other wildlife.
Planting a Blackthorn hedgeBlackthorn hedge plants are suitable for most soils (including coastal), even poor soils and heavy soils (and is more suitable for heavy soils than Hawthorn) as long as it is not grown in a waterlogged situation. It likes a sunny position and is not suitable for full shade.
Prices shown are the price per plant (other than the discounted packs of 250, 500 or 1000). Planting distances are very much a matter of choice - for bare roots, 3 plants per metre is adequate, 5 is good, 7 in a double staggered row will give a dense hedge quicker. Generally, smaller plants should be planted at higher density. Cell grown should be planted at 4 per metre in a single row or ideally 6 per metre in a staggered row. Pot grown planting density is shown for each plant - but you can vary this depending on your budget and level of patience. See also our Advice section on Planting Density on the right hand side of our website.
See also the Blackthorn based bare root mixed native packs (Blackthorn mixed with Hawthorn, Dog Rose, Field Maple, Hazel and Wild Cherry) shown near the bottom of this listing and right at the bottom of the listing are our pallet deals of Blackthorn based pot grown mixed native hedging (Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Field Maple, Hazel and Dog Rose).
Cell grown and pot grown plants are available all year round. Bare roots are only available from November to mid/late May, using cold stored plants towards the very end of the season (see our blog on cold storage).
UPDATE EARLY MAY
The bare root Blackthorn plants we are now selling have been in cold storage since mid-winter and are a brilliant way of extending the bare root season but need to be planted quickly - please prepare the ground before ordering or be prepared to plant within 3 days of receipt.
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